Closeup India partners with Dhanak – Free to Love

We often hear of couples who lose out on their love in the face of barriers like age, gender, caste, religion. But how often do we hear about the success stories…about the ones who didn’t give up on their love and found support? Here is a story of 3 real couples who encountered barriers in their love but kept going despite these barriers. They faced opposition but did not give up. And as fate would have it, they found guardian angels to support their love. Closeup India partners with Dhanak to provide support to couples and encourage them to be #freetolove.

Workshop for Children 5 years and above

We are the result of our upbringing and conditioning which are largely influenced by our parents, relatives, school, peer group, books, and electronic/print media. We are open for new thoughts and ideas which are helping us to revisit and revise our established ideas and beliefs, as change is a perpetual process.

We practice and preach human rights and gender justice. We stand for universal human values. However, we can also foresee potential challenges to our deep-rooted belief on universal human rights and values.    

Like us, our children are also getting exposed to learning from various above-listed sources and none of us will disagree that they are quick and smarter than their parents. Which off-course is a matter of pride but, equally a cause of concern as we also understand the flip side of such uncontrolled exposure.

We certainly don’t believe in control and censor of information but, are cautious about the content and nature of the information that is reaching to them. So we do wish to add our knowledge to part of their learning from various other sources of knowledge. The objectives are to help our children…  
❖ to grow humane and just.
❖ to help them overcome guilt, inhibition, confusion related to their identity
❖ to prepare with answers which are rare or unconventional for society
❖ and to develop an understanding about faith, culture, caste, etc.    

Therefore, with consideration to the above understanding, Dhanak has decided to organize a series of workshops with children. The first workshop is being organized on 22nd June 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm at Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi.

We request for a contribution of Rs.100/- per child which will be used for providing refreshment and gifts for participating children.

One of the parents is requested to accompany their child to the venue.

Kindly confirm the participation of your children in the proposed workshop at the earliest.

With kind regards,

Asif & Ranu
Email –
Ph # 8750157676

Remove Notice Period for Interfaith Marriage

Plea in Delhi High Court

अभी तो ली अंगड़ाई है आगे और लड़ाई है….
A big step in the making of a modern, secular, democratic India

Today, we celebrate a small but extremely important victory in doing away with the 30-day notice period that is mandatory to register interfaith marriages.

A Muslim woman through our NGO DHANAK has questioned before the Delhi High Court the validity of a 30-day notice period.

For those who are not aware of the issues with the thirty day notice period – states post public notices of a couple’s intent to get married to basically invite objections by anyone. Many states also send out notices to the residences of the couple. Listed below are the arguments put forth –

* This is essentially breach of privacy of the persons applying for marriage and also jeopardizes their life and liberty.

* By waiting for people to come and object to the marriage, the public notice in itself is a presumption of wrongdoing by the applicants.

* The procedural tediousness forces couples to adopt alternate measure of marrying in a religious place of worship or converting to another religion to marry.

* It discourages couples from registering their marriage altogether because marriages outside the purview of the Act remain valid even without registration.

The state and central government will submit their responses in July, 2019. Click this link to read the article in the Times of India.

Stay tuned to hear what lies ahead in our struggle!